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preparations ahead of president obama's trip to the region. at the same time, israel's new coalition government was itself installed. led again by prime minister benjamin netanyahu but including new key players. its formation took weeks of negotiations after netanyahu won re-election in january's parliamentary elections. a victory accompanied by the surprisingly strong second-place finish of yair lapid. today netanyahu had to say about his new government stance on relations with the palestinians. >> with a palestinian partner who is willing to conduct negotiations in good faith, israel will be prepared for historic compromise that will end the conflict with the palestinians forever. >> brown: on one important issue, new jewish settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem, the country's new housing minister said yesterday that building would continue in, quote, accordance with what the government's policy has been thus far. palestinian leadership has refused to enter peace talks while israel continues the settlement policy. another issue at the top of the new government's agenda is iran and i
, former president bill clinton, president obama, and host of conservatives who also previously opposed same sex marriage and now support it public opinion has also turned in favor, but the question remains, what if any impact will this have on the u.s. supreme court a new national poll shows support for same sex marriage is at an all-time high. in the last 10 years, public opinion has undergone a reversal. in 2003, more than half of all americans wanted to outlaw same sex marriage. now nearly 60 percent want to legalize it. the poll was conducted by langer research for abc news and the washington post. if you ride bart during the heavy commute- you may have noticed some changes today. all this week. bikers will be allowed on board during peak commute hours in the morning and at night. kron 4's j.r. stone has more on the week long test program. new tonight at 8-- bart might be considering extending its service north into the east bay... possibly as far as hercules. kron 4's charles clifford has details and shows us where the new train routes could run. district 7 bart board member zakha
clinton, and president barack obamas and a host of conservative who previously opposed same-sex marriage and now support it. >> public opinion has also turned in favor. the question remains what, if any impact would this have on the supreme court question are being duly nice to constitutional law of the universe burst in san franciscuniversity of san franc. >> the public at large will begin to support the extension rides. >> i think that plays an informal role in shaping deliberations. but it is not a formal is very informal. >> the u.s. supreme court will hear all arguments on tuesday and wednesday of next week. >> rulings are expected sometime this summer. >> than curren kron 4dan gerkern 4 news. a new national poll shows support for same-sex marriage at an all-time high. >> and the last 10 years, public opinion has undergone a reversal. in 2003, more than half of all americans wanted to allies same-sex marriage. now nearly 60 percent want to legalize it. the poll was conducted by a lender research for abc news and the washington post. >> a folksinger is accused of making anti-gay comm
issued a statement saying president obama's ncaa bracket is a shocking failure of leadership. house republican conference put this video on youtube, echoing the same complaint. how dare he. all kinds of congressional republicans, including house speaker john boehner went on twitter insisting obama should stop this outrage of liking sports. get off my lawn! it is march madness, republican style. the first day of spring, the annual opportunity for house republicans to turn over an old leaf they know they shouldn't turn over any more but they can't stop themselves. also clearly it is going to be gonzaga. that does it for us tonight. see you tomorrow night. right now, time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." have a great evening. >>> tonight, here in washington, we now know that when the president's away, republicans will play the same budget games they play when he's here. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel. >> obama in israel for the first time as president. >> joking with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu that it was good to get from cong
and president obama are literally on the same page regarding iran. both now believe that there is time on the clock to try to resolve this diplomatically. once he left israel, obviously, he announced some additional assistance to jordan which is shouldering the most significant burden in terms of syrian refugees. i think there, it's probably most important is what he heard from prime minister netanyahu, and king abdullah, and whether that sense of urgency enables him to consider a wider range of actions going forward. he's been very cautious about syria over the past two years. >> martin, earlier this week on our air you were characterizing the palestinians' reaction to the president as spanning from perhaps indifference to outright hostility. this trip, does this change this and allow for more goodwill on that front? >> not really, no. i wouldn't say so, alex. if anything there's probably more anger. there was a sense that obama was going so strongly out of his way to get the israelis on his side, to show them how much he respected and 1i78 pathized with them. he didn't feel that was
clear the chemical weapons were recently used in syria, but at the same time, the obama administration says, there is no evidence to support that there was a chemical attack. so you're talking about they're at odds on these other issues. they're at odds on syria as well it sounds like? >> i think we don't know enough facts about what happened. the assad regime claimed the opposition used chemical weapons. the opposition claimed the assad regime used them. our ambassador in syria, by the way is in washington, there was no chemical weapons attack at all. here is the bottom line for the united states. these weapons can not be allowed to exit syria. they can in the be allowed to get out of the country to fall into the happened of al qaeda or other terrorist groups to be used against the united states. melissa: what are the odds of that happening? >> i think they're high. i think the assad regime is in disarray. we can not have confidence. they continue it have command-and-control over those chemical weapons. it has been a goal of al qaeda for decades to get weapons of mass destruction and
. >> rose: do you see it the same way? >> it's the intersection of politics and policy. barack obama has the most dysfunctional relationship with an israeli prime minister as any american president has had in the history of the u.s./israeli relations. it goes beyond begin and carter and bush 41 and the reality is that no american president for political reasons and policy reasons can afford to have this sort of relationship. a lot of it rests on netanyahu and his first incarnation. even clinton, a guy who was prepared to cut him all kinds of breaks was annoyed in extreme us with some of netanyahu's frustrating behavior. but the reality is that barack obama has to clear away this old business, this dysfunctional relationship and he has to deal with two basic realities. he does not want to be the american president on whose watch the two-state solution expires and he certainly doesn't want to be the america president on whose watch iran acquire it is xas capacity or everybody a nuclear weapon. so israel is central to both of those stories. he's going early, there's no expectations and he's
in washington over guns, same-sex marriage and immigration rages on. coming up on "this week" it's a clash of the titans. 2012 obama campaign manager faces off with former bush deputy chief of staff. the powerhouse round table takes on the issue. don't miss abc's "this week" with george stephanopoulos right here at 8:00 on abc7. >>> the lights are back on across the bay this morning after they went out for an hour last night on purpose. it was part of a global effort to encourage people to think about conservation. abc7 news reporter sergio quintana has the details on the earth hour. >> 8:30 the towers of the golden gate bridge went dark, the art installation on the bay bridge went dark and san francisco city hall went dark. at least one person came to the civic center came to the area to see it. >> i was walking in the area and wanted to see it. never seen it ever. thought it would be kind of cool. >> it was all part of earth hour. >> it reminds us all of the issues of sustainability. >> because of programs like the city's recent ban on plastic shopping bags, efforts to promote solar ener
% but obama was elected and approval was 92% was that a population of haters? no. they to make discriminating judgments on the basis of how they assess the new leader of the same country so western europeans were unhappy with the leader they saw as an inarticulate proponent of unilateral action and who had a swagger in his step and not interested in their opinion and when the president left office in the new president seemed to be very good at articulating why it was in u.s. interest to be a multi a latterly, seek cooperation with other countries and embody a set of ideals about america as the united states is a land of opportunity all of a sudden it was very popular so there is not the deep and underlying consistent hatred of united states but it is rare. but foreigners can make distinguishing judgments of different aspects and behave accordingly. >>host: why should we care which germans think? when is the last time we were asked what we thought of angela merkle? >>guest: many in germany are interested in american opinion. this is true. >>host: but why? >>guest: because the united states has
an unannounced stop in kabul. saying the u.s. and afghanistan are on the same page on peace talks with the taliban. that visit comes after recent tensions between president hamid karzai and u.s. officials. fresh off his middle east trip, president obama turns his focus to immigration. hosting a naturalization ceremony for active duty members of the military today at the white house. >> after avoiding the problem for years, the time has come to fix it once and for all. the time has come for comprehensive sensible immigration reform. >>> up in arms. the nra blasts mayor michael bloomberg's plan to pressure senators in key states ahead of next month's gun control vote. >> 90% of the public wants something and their representatives vote against that. common sense says they are going to have a price to pay for that. >> he can't spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the american public, they don't want him in their restaurants, they don't want him in their homes, they don't want him telling them what food to eat. they sure don't want him telling them what self-def
this for my friend barack obama, and netanyahu could make the same case for the people criticizing him at home for apologizing to erdogan. >> you mentioned syria. when the president got to jordan, he and king abdullah held a joint press conference, news conference, and the the president announced there he is going to be asking congress for more money to go to jordan, to help them deal with all the refugees coming in from syria. why is that important for the obama administration? >> judy, when i said there were two of the three allies in the region, the third most important ally there for the united states is jordan, a tiny country, but punches above the weight. jordan security forces and intelligence forces are excellent. and i described in the earlier piece some of the role it's playing. but king abdullah's on somewhat shaky ground, the economy is bad, and part of the problem is the refugees are a huge pressure point as the king sort of eloquently said today. few of us saw the foreign minister this afternoon who said it's almost as if-- he said it's as if another eight or nine, the king said
's going to change. if you look at the exit polls that i alluded to earlier, three-quarters of obama voters said they were for same-sex marriage. three-quarters of romney voters said they were not. so there are people in the democratic party who, you know, support traditional marriage. i thought it was really interesting, by the way, this week. i thought it was politico went to a lot of the red state democratic senators on the ballot in 2014. people like mark pryor of arkansas and others, mary landrieu in louisiana. they haven't changed their position, and i still think the republican party is going to remain a pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-life party. i don't think that will change. and if it does, by the way, i think the big tent will become a pup tent. if you look at the data, 44% of all the votes mitt romney got last november were from self-identified evangelicals. >> but ironically, again, romney's data analyst suggests that the republicans and independents who voted for the president, who, by the way, won, actually overwhelmingly support marriage quality, and so this is a growing issu
in the administration that have any sort of appetite for a war in iran. the same goes with syria. we saw with the libya entanglement, we saw sort of barack obama's doctrine. he is going to be looking for very much multinational-type force. he is going to the u.n. he is looking for the french to take a lot of the lead. he is going to be -- but nobody, even with both syria and with iran, there is no nobody particularly at the pentagon who is really wanting to do this right now. and barack obama least of all. chris: michael. >> chris, this poses problems, the perception which i think is accurate of our wearyness causes problems particularly in iran. people don't believe that this president really is willing to follow through on the use of force because they think that his head is still looking back at iraq. someone who spoke to him recently told me a few days ago that he has said about syria, words to the effect of "i know how i get in. tell me how i get out. i don't know how to get out." he is still thinking of what we got into unexpectedly in iraq, the unintended consequences of american action. it's a
. within a couple years obama with the day. approval was 92%. it's people who can make discriminating judgment on the basis of how they assess the new leader of the same country and many western europeans in many places were unhappy with an inarticulate proponent of unilateral u.s. action who have faced swaggering step and didn't seem as interested in their opinion. the president left office who seem to be good at articulating what it was in the u.s. interest to behave multilaterally come to seek cooperation with other countries and so forth and also embodied a set of a deal as people america at the united states is a land of opportunity where anything is possible. so there is a big deep and underlying said hatred. it's actually quite rare. we thank foreigners are able to make establishing judgments about different aspects of the night dave. >> host: why should we care what germans think of us? was the last time we were asked what we thought of angela merkel? >> guest: many are interested in american opinion and the sister of many countries. >> host: but why? >> guest: partly because
.c. as an advisor before being appointed back to u.s. attorney by president obama. at the same time he was attorney general as holder's advisory board and he was with janet napolitano two days after the murder of brian terry in arizona. yet, this report claims they never talked about the case. it seems that janet napolitano was asked about it at least. >> gretchen: katie, thanks much. next on the rundown, cabin doors close, friendly skies about to get even nicer if you want your technology on. and petey the pet big cannot say and why is the government. reel we'll be right back ♪ will you still love me tomorrow ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] dunes, desert, or trail, only rzr delivers. now's the time to buy during the polaris xp sales event. take your pick of our new limited edition rzrs and get financing as low as 2.99%. save even more with rebates up to $500... or totally customize your new rzr with up to $500 of free polaris accessories. razor sharp performance is waiting for you during the polaris xp sales event. razor sharp performance is waiting for you for over 75 years people ...with geico... o
the president and the prime minister. they have not been able to get on the same page to the county where president obama has really stopped talking about it. i'm not clear how much he's even going to talk about the palestinian issue on this trip. maybe indirectly but they really haven't had much of a meeting of the minds when it comes to the major core issues such as settlements, etc. then the real retrenchment from what president obama had hoped to do originally e. not to mention that netanyahu had overt public support for mitt romney during the presidential race, i'm sure that plays into the tension. this relationship, how does it shape how the two countries might be dealing with iran? >> yeah, that's an interesting question and from talking to american israeli officials this relationship endures even when there is tension between the two leaders even though it doesn't help to have that kind of daylight between them when iran is watching all these signals. that's why this trip has toot a lot with the optics visa see iran. behind the scenes there are discussions going on 37 prime minist
of same-sex marriage is up, by about the same amount. 58% now support it. only 36% oppose. once a hot button issue, politicians are reflecting this change when clinton campaigned for the presidency in 2008, like then candidate barack obama opposing marriage for gay couples. >> i'm not in favor of gay marriage. >> today, clinton invoked god as a reason for supporting same-sex marriage. >> to deny the opportunity to any of our daughters and sons soley on the basis whof they are and who they love is too deny them the chance to live up to their own god-given phone usual among republicans support for gay marriage is increasing. >> the country is moving towards greater equality and inclusion and it's encouraging to see republican party is addressing that. >> coming up at 6:00 we'll hear from the newly elected vice chair of the california republican party on changing views within the g.o.p. and whether the party is ready to accept same-sex marriage. carolyn tyler is traveling to washington, d.c. where the court will consider whether prop 8 wrongly denies gays and lesbians the right to marry.
the way. barack obama coming out for same-sex marriage in 2012 made a difference in terms of progressing some people's thinking right? this leads this avalanche of barack obama, the republicans coming out with this amicus brief, that kind of thing, leads to this highest public opinion poll we have seen so far. the constitutional law scholars say by far the most important of all of these factors at this point is public opinion. and that the court must weigh the institutional role right? of getting the constitution right, against having a reputation where the people, you know, see it as a place where justice will be done and not delivering decisions that are so far out of the main stream that then you have to, you know, send u.s. marshals out or whatever. you don't want to be in a situation like that. i'm not saying that -- of course constitutionally we want what is right to be done but the court weighs those things so public opinion does matter. by the way -- >> bill: for them to rule any other way right now -- for them to rule that -- that marriage equality is -- or t
provisions were passed under the obama administration both have the same characteristics. hester pierce talked-about the biggest issue, i believe that is true. that is the thing we have to look at most carefully. that is the area that gets the greatest danger, and i spend a lot of time on it in the book. as a foundation for crony capitalism, there is nothing better, nothing more dangerous than what has been done with the financial stability oversight council. it will now have the opportunity to declare certain non-bank financial institutions are dangers to the financial system and have to be stringently regulated. what that will mean over time as more and more of those institutions pull in to their select category that the fed will have an opportunity to control what those institutions say on all matters of public policy. if one of those institutions should suggest the administration on some issue weather is the trade issue, it will be discreet warning, and tone that down and we don't have to have this controversy. that message is the essence of crony capitalism and will be made possibl
opinion is changing so fast. as the supreme court takes up same-sex marriage, there is a stunning swing in its acceptance. today 58% to 49% in favor. president obama changed his mind. >> our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. >> reporter: hillary clinton agreed last week. mitt romney's stand against gay marriage surely hurt him in november. >> white evangelicals form a strong part of the republican base and are overwhelmingly opposed but others supports free freedom to marry. >> marriage laws are designed to attach mothers and fathers to each other and to the children that they may create and raise in the best environment. >> reporter: despite the snow, people are camped at the supreme court to get inside for tomorrow's argument. >> i have a lot of gay friends. i don't think they should be denied the right to marry the person they love. >> chief justice roberts set aside a seat for his cousin, a lesbian, who wants theo justice to declare the ban unconstitutional. chris and sandy raised four boys and want to marry. >> we
to hillary clinton. >> yes. >> there was talk of the need for the same thing in 2008 for obama and hillary to unite. there is always an attractive quality to this sort of thing. it's a little different of course. >> yeah. look, there -- >> why is it so tough? >> ultimately never say never is the art of politics because truly anything is possible. but the concept in primaries, there's always sort of this high wire act. if we go negotiate, we will dramatically change the course. and it really doesn't happen very often. and so you find out about these sort of high wire moments when someone tried to do something like that. now, it's different when you talk about secretary clinton making the decision to go ahead and end the primaries. that was about her supporting the nominee. it wasn't about a coalition to try to propel someone else forward. and that's a big difference. but it happens on both sides. we've all been part of the conversation. >> the two candidates themselves talking face to face. usually this is the providence of pundits. >> and the act gets even higher on the wire when it's the
bank. >> reporter: dave, president obama wants israel to give palestinians their space but at the same time he didn't make any immediate demands to move out of the west bank area. in a few hours, the president will be speaking again at a dinner hosted by israel's president. about 45 minutes ago when he was speaking to a crowd of mostly young students. >> the future is bound to ours. >> [ inaudible shouting ] >> no, no. this is part of the lively debate we talked about. this is good. >> president obama wants to get peace talk started between leaders. he held a joint news conference earlier today with palestinian president. both said it is time to start direct peace talks with israel. and just yesterday, told president obama israel is committed to a two state solution. israel and palestinian leaders have not negotiated but admit compromise is needed. he says both parties deserve the same thing. >> young people can work together to make progress in three areas that will define our types. security, peace and prosperity. >> earlier today, israeli police said militants fired rockets at south
with me, they are not doing this." but we all know the democrats are doing the same thing. they are telling people lies, not telling the truth. obama, his incompetence as a president, he blames -- this is why i'm not getting things done. he's supposed to be a leader of the people. the news media let's everything go, doesn't -- you know, obama is doing a great job and everything else. the american public knows it is not true. host: jim, thank you for the call. is that tactic different from president obama, president reagan, or president bush? guest: no. all presidents do that. the one point i totally agree with is that the press generally let's presidents say what they want to say and then challenges it in a different way. i mean, you get use today a president's normal line. this president blames the republicans, that's true. ok. so what? he blames the republicans. the republicans in fact are in one house of congress, and they are not letting him get anything done. that's true. he plames them. who is listening? he hopes the public is. it doesn't necessarily resonate with th
eight years of obama, new leadership around the country that don't have the same affection for the clintons that her school or her age class does, how does she get them enthusiastic enough to face a republican opponent if they can come up with a formidable one. she has a lot to weigh. i think she can make the right decision but it's not a slam dunk decision. >> kelly, what is the sense in washington? the clintons, either president clinton or secretary of state hillary clinton have been on the scene every day there for two decades and now they are gone for a moment. what is the sense, the video av? >> i think her making this decision i think you'd see a new generation of democrats who would flood to the possibility of that first woman in the white house. i think that is something that would awaken a lot of enthusiasm and even possibly some of those sort of suburban republican women who would be open to looking at her as a possible candidate. i think reverend sharpton's point is strong about the idea that talent that was around them many of those folks have moved on to the pr
minimum sentences for those crimes. >>> claire mccaskill is throwing her support behind same-sex marriage saying it's the right thing to do. >>> president obama will host a seder dinner. he became the first sitting president to hold seder at the executive mansion back in 2009. >>> oscar de la renta is not worried about having michelle obama on his list. he's dressed first ladies back to jackie kennedy but the current first isn't one of his favorites. it's the everyday woman on the street who influences today's fashions and not a movie star or mrs. obama. that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. very interesting. >> turn her down -- could you please -- >> you have to respect him because so many times these designers go after those celebs, right. he says, forget bit. i want the everyday person. >> i'm rich enough. i don't need you. we'll see. >> the president may have to shovel the walk this morning at the white house. it's snowing pretty good in d.c. and in maryland, it's already beginning to accumulate on the grassy surfaces. these pictures is what happened yesterday. this was st.
presidential run. the same position of then-senator barack obama. public opinion has definitely shifted. a brand-new cnn poll shows 53% of the public says marriages between gay or lesbian couples should be legally recognized at valid, with 44% not supporting same-sex marriage. >>> and class has resumed at the university of central florida after a student apparently shot himself in a dorm room. authorities found an assault weapon on the scene, but also found the bag of improvised explosive devices. the dorm was evacuated and morning classes were cancelled. the fbi and the orlando police are doing the investigation. >>> president obama is closer to filling out his second-term cabinet. he's officially nominating thomas perez to be his labor secretary. perez heads the justice department's civil rights division. he has been criticized, though, by some conservatives who think he's too partisan, but he is considered a civil rights hero by others. if confirmed, perez would be the only latino in obama's cabinet. >>> and take a look here at this actor who is playing the role of satan in the histo
. but at the same time, i agree, for example, obama and his state of the union address recently talked about the importance of getting more technical training. because our students today really need to understand how the, what they're doing in middle 62 and high school, absolutely is linked to their future success in the job market. whether that is white collar, highly educated profession, or a more skilled technical kind of profession. >> claudia, thank you so much for that insight. >> sure. >>> up next, from the son of a gambling man to one of america's longest serving state governors, governor bob miller's lifestyle reads like the godfather but with a happy ending. [ mom ] 3 days into school break and they're already bored. hmm, we need a new game. ♪ that'll save the day. ♪ so will bounty select-a-size. it's the smaller powerful sheet. the only one with trap + lock technology. look! one select-a-size sheet of bounty is 50% more absorbent than a full size sheet of the leading ordinary brand. use less. with the small but powerful picker upper, bounty select-a-size. when i first felt the
ten months, and i'm surprised at paul ryan saying the same thing. here's the thing. of course they give obama political advantage. but they also take the heat off themselves. if they said, yes, we're facing an exceed debt -- immediate debt crisis, people would demand they do something. so they're taking responsibility off their own shoulders. the runs are schizophrenic. they claim to be the fiscal conservatives and they're not. at least obama is consistent. he is a radical leftist and he acts and spend like a radical leftist. >> neil: do you think there's something more than just symbolism to these remarks and the fact it was both the speaker and the house budget chief and former vice-presidential candidate for president, saying this is tough but not immediately tough. these are the folks who voted, obviously, for the last deal that prompted taxes taxes to go. so it's a face-saving gesture as much as it is, wherever we're going from there. >> they voted for every deal. they've negotiated every deal. and so for all the talk, the fact of the matter is, obama has been to this --
're not competing the dnc, luke. we're competing with president obama's organization that is a granular community based organization that is perpetual in its nature and the fact is we have to get with it and do the same thing and try to do it even better. and so, look, if you are going to market and brand your party on a regular basis, i think you're going to continue to have problems. and that's a big piece of what we're trying to do here. >> there has been some criticism from folks within your own party regarding these ideas, the national review sort of would say the mouth piece of the professional right says the action items recommended to address these issues are heavy on committee formation and tokenism. where the report does get into policy most notably on the issue of immigration reform, the analysis is shallow and the recommendations opportunistic. this comes on the heels of some republican senators saying that immigration reform could possibly take a few years. that should be the time frame. what is your response to national review and should immigration reform be expedited? >> well, tha
ago. he and abbas had a working lunch and will visit a youth center. president obama wants do hear from palestinians and israelis on what it will take to restart pass negotiation -- peace negotiations. >> my message is the same, we cannot give up. we cannot give up on the search if peace no matter how hard. >> president obama will return to jerusalem later today for a speech to israeli college students. katie marzullo will have more on the president's trip in the next half hour. >> on capitol hill the house will vote on a short-temperature budget bill to avert a government shut down, new a week arm. the measure fund every cabinet agency and earmark another $87 billion for oversees military operations. the senate already approved the bill which includes $85 billion in spending cuts. that could cost thousands of federal workers their jobs. >> a respected pediatrician group is weighing in on the well-being of children raised by gay parents saying this a stable, parental relationship can produce healthy well adjusted children regardless of the parents' sexual orientation. the report sa
in infrastructure in the same way. what do you mean? >> i think that's right. as you mentioned the obama stimulus did pour about $150 billion into our infrastructure and its build america bonds was a hidden stimulus inside the stimulus put in another $180 billion. that's a start. that's how you start to create the sort of strong infrastructure that makes people want to make our economy more competitive and make people want to invest in us. you have to ask what the goal is. it's not just to build more roads or sewers, you want to get people places. as opposed to just building roads. sometimes that involves more infrastructure, more tell commuting. sometimes smarter infrastructure. >> the goal is a good standard of living and the idea that businesses will invest and create jobs? it makes companies want to hire people. people want to live in these places and that's largely what it does. >> exactly. you want good mobility to get to work so you can get around. you want good drinking water so that you don't get sick. you want a good energy system so that the lights stay on. this is the basics that make
to date on that? it's an extraordinary experience. see the freedom ride occurred in 1961, the same year that president barack obama was born. [applause] in 1961, my people could not board a greyhound bus. leaving washington d.c. traveling to virginia, north carolina, south carolina georgia alabama and mississippi on our way to new orleans with the probability of being arrested or jailed and that is what happened i was selected as one of the original freedom riders. we met in washington d.c. on may may 1, 1961. i was 21 years old and i was a few pounds lighter then. we went through a period of training orientation and i will never forget it. on may 3, 1961 we all went down to a chinese restaurant in washington d.c.. i had grown up in rural alabama and attended school in nashville tennessee. i never had chinese food, never been to a chinese restaurant and that night we had a wonderful meal. someone said you should eat well because this may be like the last supper. the next day on may 4, 1961 half of the group boarded a greyhound bus and the other half a trailways bus. the first incident o
standard" more popular during obama administration or the bush administration? >> you know, it is about the same. i think. >> you didn't get a rash of news? >> a little bit. but not really that much. >> and what about your experience now with fox news? are you still doing the commentary? >> i do some but a lot less. >> why? >> well, that is partly the decision of fox news, but you know, going with other people. i did special report, the show that is 6:00 to 7:00 eastern time. brit hume was the host. i was there almost every night. brett comes in. he wants to have his own people. >> how far do you go back? >> high school. >> what was he like in high school? >> he, i guess, he has changed a lot. >> in what way? >> he was, he was always pretty self-confident, spoke very well. he was not particularly a great student, nor was i when we were together at the university of virginia. we both went in the same line of work. >> when he was here right after he retired. he talked about his relationship with jesus christ, the same thing. >> right. >> that is new that people talk about this in public?
to tackle the issue. steadily and remarkably, public and political support far same-sex marriage is on the rise. the shift has been under way in the courts, in congress and, most recently, among leading politicians of both parties. president obama split from opposition to support dominated headlines last year. >> at a certain point i just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> ifill: last week, ohio's rob portman became the first senate republican to announce his support. two years ago, he said, his son told him he is gay. >> that launched an interesting process for me which was rethinking my position, talking to my pastor and other religious leaders and going through a process of, at the end, changing my position on the issue. >> ifill: republican response was muted. house speaker john boehner said his position remains the same. >> i appreciate that he's decided to change his views on this but i believe that marriage is a union of a man and a woman. >> ifill: yesterday former
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